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Review: Renegade (3DS eShop / NES)

Renegade (3DS eShop / NES)

Crime doesn't pay

The company known as Technos might be best known for creating Double Dragon and River City Ransom, but before coming up with either of its two big hits, it made a number of lesser known titles — of which perhaps Renegade is the most well-known. Renegade is actually the first game in the Kunio-kun series, which River City Ransom...

Review: Tappingo (3DS eShop)

Tappingo (3DS eShop)


Tappingo is a game for those who enjoy methodically teasing order out of an apparent mess. Really. When you begin one of the 100+ puzzles, the upper screen that displays your goal in progress looks like an NES sneezed on it. Yet by working out the numbered blocks on the grid below, colours and form fill in until you’re rewarded...

Nintendo Download: 27th February (North America)

27th February (North America)

Professor Layton, Renegade, Tappingo and farming

The time has come, North America, for details of the goodies that'll be available to download on the eShop stores this week. The latest Professor Layton title makes it's arrival on the 3DS, along with some other VC classics and downloadable delights. Without further ado, let's get to it. Missed the...

News: Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

Almost 3 hours of music to go with your mayhem

Retro City Rampage: DX on 3DS has worked hard to earn its deluxe subtitle with a slew of additional features not seen in other versions of the top-down action game. Even further bonuses and tweaks are set to come in future updates, and as the title is one big love-letter to the '80s and '90s, it's only...

Review: Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

A rainy day delight

Puzzle games are masters of covert time consumption. Some, like Tetris, keep players on their toes with an unrelenting pace and an addictive “one more try” appeal. Others, instead, offer a calmer, more contemplative experience, letting the player move at his or her own pace as they descend into the logic and rules of the...

Video: Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Finding that retro balance

As the weeks pass we're certainly getting closer to some enticing eShop releases, one of which is Shovel Knight on the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Having succeeded in the crowdfunding arena Yacht Club Games is approaching its début, with 31st March the confirmed target release date. There's been plenty of positivity around the...

Review: Sky Kid (3DS eShop / NES)

Sky Kid (3DS eShop / NES)

Heavy Weather

An arcade force to be reckoned with, Namco graced the Famicom and NES with impressive cartridge conversions of quite a few of its enduring coin-op classics. From Dig Dug and Pac-Man to Galaga and Xevious, Nintendo's console quickly amassed a collection of A-list arcade hits, and — along with the heavy hitters and household names —...

News: Retro City Rampage DX is "Doing Great" on 3DS

Retro City Rampage DX is "Doing Great" on 3DS

Vblank Entertainment shows interest in a future 3DS release

It's no secret that of the income Vblank Entertainment and its founder has earned from Retro City Rampage, the WiiWare version has contributed little, potentially nothing. When we last raised the topic with the studio's founder Brian Provinciano he reiterated that he'd earned nothing from...

Nintendo Download: 27th February (Europe)

27th February (Europe)

AeternoBlade, fishy business, retro Wario, Senran Kagura and much more

Monday morning means Download news time in Europe, and this week Nintendo has delivered a fairly lengthy list of options on the way. There are new titles on Wii U and 3DS as well as some retro VC options, while a variety of temporary and permanent discounts also arrive to tempt...

Video: Nintendo Minute and Jools Watsham Catch Up On Treasurenauts and Moon Chronicles

Nintendo Minute and Jools Watsham Catch Up On Treasurenauts and Moon Chronicles

Renegade releases

During the relatively recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts, the North American version included snapshots of 'Nintendo Minute' interviews with eShop developers that have, slowly and surely, been released in full. This weekend brings us the interview with Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham, discussing upcoming 3DS eShop titles Treasurenauts...

News: Best Buy's 20% eShop Card Discount is Back

Best Buy's 20% eShop Card Discount is Back

Nintendo wants you to know

Late last year Best Buy reduced eShop pre-paid cards by 20% in North America, tempting gamers to go the download option by essentially offering a discount across all games on the download stores. Shoppers had the chance to spend, for example, $40 to receive $50 of credit; as a promotion to encourage more to take the...

Review: Steel Diver: Sub Wars (3DS eShop)

Steel Diver: Sub Wars (3DS eShop)

Dive right in

Nintendo has been working on a game to enter the free-to-play market for a fair amount of time, announcing last year than an early experiment with the idea would involve the Steel Diver series. The basic concept has been a game that is free to download and partially play, but requires you to pay a little extra if you want to unlock all...

News: Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Soundtrack and 3DS XL Announced

Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth Soundtrack and 3DS XL Announced

More goodies for Atlus fans

We've looked at Atlus' upcoming dungeon crawler Persona Q a few times before, and once again the publisher has released a pair of videos, this time for the lead characters of Persona 3 and 4. Normally that would be all, but with the Japanese release oh-so-slowly drawing near it's also let slip that customers who get their...

Review: Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop)

Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop)

Spot the exit sign and run

There is nothing wrong with simple games on the eShop; players have demonstrated through iOS and Android that quick, fun bursts of creative gameplay can work wonderfully. Unfortunately, Bigben Interactive's Spot the Differences! crosses the line from simple to empty. While it works in the most rudimentary of ways — you...

Review: AeternoBlade (3DS eShop)

AeternoBlade (3DS eShop)


It may have taken a bit longer than anyone expected, but AeternoBlade has finally ventured beyond Japan and to reach both North American and European markets. The game was nearing completion back in June of last year, but developer Corecell Technology didn’t have the necessary funding to move along with the localization process,...